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Kentucky (1938)

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Romeo and Juliet story set amidst horse racing in Kentucky. The family feud of lovers Jack and Sally goes back to the Civil War and is kept alive by her Uncle Peter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Goodwin
Richard Greene ...
Jack Dillon
John Dillon - 1861 (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Karen Morley ...
Mrs. Goodwin - 1861
Moroni Olsen ...
John Dillon - 1938
Russell Hicks ...
Thad Goodwin Sr. - 1861
Willard Robertson ...
Bob Slocum
Charles Waldron ...
Thad Goodwin - 1938
George Reed ...
Bobs Watson ...
Delmar Watson ...
Thad Goodwin Jr. - 1861
Leona Roberts ...
Grace Goodwin


Romeo and Juliet story set amidst horse racing in Kentucky. The family feud of lovers Jack and Sally goes back to the Civil War and is kept alive by her Uncle Peter.

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dramatic cavalcade (from reissue print ad)


Drama | Romance | Sport


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Release Date:

30 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kentucky  »

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Technical Specs


(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 28, 1945 with Walter Brennan reprising his film role. See more »


Remade as Down Argentine Way (1940) See more »


O Tannenbaum
Traditional German Christmas carol
Played by the Band at the Kentucky Derby
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Inventing Kentucky-Fried Clichés!
18 February 2006 | by (Bridgend, South Wales) – See all my reviews

The Yankee ransacking prelude more or less spells out the eventuality that years later Young is going to fall for Greene and that their respective families are going to trample the path of true love. Quite literally, as the updated story is now played out against a bluegrass background.

Get yourself into Hollywood mode and dispense with the logistics of script and story, and instead enjoy everything else. The performances, even though they embody strictly cliché and (predictably racial) caricature, are still marvellous for those who love a Fox-style wallow

  • Brennan won that year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar. The film is
generally well and pacily edited, and the racing sequences are particularly exciting.

The real star of this show though, for me, was the sublime photography which I can honestly say offered the most richest and well-preserved example of pre-40s 3-strip Technicolor I have so far seen. Even after more than 50 years, its luminescence (at least in this Channel 4 print) was breathtakingly striking and full of lustre, with yellow in particular registering far more strongly than I have previously seen in a 30s Technicolor movie, and natural outdoor verdance looking as if it had been sprayed with kiwi fruit dye. No doubt deployed deliberately to enhance the otherwise routine nature of the story, it would still take a considerable kick of horsepower to elevate the film to the grandeur of, say, 'Gone With The Wind', to which it bears more than a passing dramatic resemblance.

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